Nylint Hi-way water truck 1960's metal toy Made in USA

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  • Sold Date: Feb 16, 2011
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Nylint Hi-Way Water Truck
Toy in original condition
Ford hinged cab lifts up off and over motor
black plastic cap missing from roof of truck water tank and back of water tank
standardized size threads for plastic caps so item should be easy to replace
Truck built to spray water by pressing down knob on water tank to build pressure
Original owner
Truck dimensions 15' length x 6" width x 7" height
1960's era toy - Made in USA
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The Nylint Coporation was founded in 1937 by 24 year old Bernard Klint of Rockford, Illinois. His uncle, David Nyberg, supplied much of the capital to start the company. The company name of Nylint is a combination of both the Nyberg and Klint names. It was incorporated under the name "Nylint Tool and Manufacturing" and its initial operation was located at 5th Avenue and 13th Street in Rockford. Original founder Bernard (known as Barney) Klint and his wife Grace remained actively involved for nearly 60 years in the privately held company until their deaths in the mid 1996 and 1995 respectively. As is often the case in business, when the founder and motivating force behind a successful business dies, the business subsequently encounters turbulence economic times and does not survive.

After World War II there were several large manufacturers of pressed-steel toys in the United States of America. In addition to Nylint, Tonka, Buddy L, Structo, Smith-Miller, Doepke, Marx and Wyandotte were some of the most successful. Other toy manufacturers like Tru-Scale, All American and Ertl, also joined the ranks of toy truck producers. Aside from Buddy-L, Marx, Structo, and Wyandotte, who had previously made toys, most of these US companies started moving into toy manufacturing immediately after the war. From the get-go, there was a lot of intense competition.

During the late 1950s, Nylint’s construction toys, while still very high-quality and realistic, moved away slightly from the requirement that the toy had to be a replica of real-world equipment. Now, after Nylint's cold war phase military toy line ended in the early 1960s, Nylint returned to its strict “realistic” formula. Interestingly, other toy companies were moving in the opposite direction -- going to more generic or futuristic looking toys not patterned after real vehicles.

This phase of Nylint, "Ford Motor Company Era (1959-1974) began around 1959 and peaked about 1965 when Ford toys dominated the Nylint product line. This era lasted throughout the 1960s into the early-1970s. By 1962, Nylint was producing Ford toy replicas for Ford dealership promotions. Nylint was building excellent renditions of the Ford F-100 line of trucks, the Ford “C” tilt-cab like this Ford Hi-Way water Truck, and the smaller Ford Econoline series. By the mid-1960s the company would also make a very nice replica of the Ford Bronco series.

Nylint was regularly using the Ford label on its toys, stamping “Ford” on tailgates, above the grille, on hubcaps, depicting the Ford “Twin-I-Beam” badge, and making a nicely-detailed hood decal. Its toys resembled the “real thing” very well. Some of these Ford toys were exclusives for the Ford dealers such as the example of a Nylint pickup replica of a camper that housed a Philco AM radio, and was offered as an enticement to bring parents into the dealership for a test-drive.

Unfortunately, in January of 2001, Nylint filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection citing declining sales. But some operations continued. In April of 2001, Funrise Toy Corporation of California bought Nylint Corporation securing the rights to the Nylint branding. All of Nylint's new inventory and toy molds were moved to Funrise's operations. In June of 2001, all remaining Nylint assets including vintag...